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So You Think You’re A Writer…

So, maybe you are a writer; or, you fondly hope you might be…

Reading Like A Writer

Reading Like A Writer

How do you confirm whether you really are a writer or whether you might actually be able to become one?

One idea would be to write something and ask your friends…

Perhaps that’s not a good idea—if they really are your friends, they might just tell you the truth…

So, do you think they’d say you’re a good writer; or, would they suggest some other hobby you should pursue?

Another idea would be to ask yourself—your deepest self—if you’re a writer…

The worst that could happen is that your self might say no…

Can you live with that?

What if you think you could learn to be a writer?

How would you go about studying the art?

Please, oh please, don’t say take a course in creative writing.

Perhaps, you’ve already committed yourself to being a writer; perhaps, already published a book or two.

Do you honestly, deeply feel you’re a real writer?

I don’t mean the feeling that you could be a better writer—I mean the feeling that what you’ve already written qualifies as something a real writer does…

One suggestion—whether you want to be a writer or are one—one insider tip about the process of becoming a writer: read this past post—How To Read Like A Writer.

Also, I suggest you read the book that post is about—Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.).

If you can’t do either of those suggestions, try reading this Wikipedia article about Reading Like A Writer.

If you can’t do that, try listening to this talk by Francine Prose, the author of Reading Like A writer

One little hint about learning to write, for those who can’t do any of my suggestions—you must read all the good authors you can get your hands on if you ever hope to learn to write…

But, please, oh please, don’t read their books about how to write…

O.K., I’ve done my good deed for the day—back to writing my next book………
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5 responses to “So You Think You’re A Writer…

  1. It's me---Nicole.♥ June 5, 2015 at 3:14 am

    You are or you’re not. Doesn’t matter if you’re ‘good’ or not. You just are or you just are not. That’s my nonprofessional opinion. No charge. hehe

    Also, I hate books on how to write. My favorite writer, or one of them, is Janet Evanovich. When she wrote her book about writing, she even named it “How I Write”. I like that. Don’t tell me what I should do because you can’t. Just tell me how you do what you do because I’m curious and nosy. Know what I mean?

    When it comes to creative things, no one wants to be a carbon copy of anyone else, I think. Again, just my opinion. No charge. Lol!!

    Miss you, buddy. ♥

    Liked by 1 person

    • Alexander M Zoltai June 5, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Well, my opinion of your opinion is that your opinion is quite like my opinion—as well as the opinion of the author mentioned in this post, Francine Prose…

      Hope to see you soon in Kitely :-)


  2. D.G.Kaye June 5, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Great post.. I too subscribe to Maria Papova and Brainpickings. Thanks for the article on Francine Prose, adding it. :)


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